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Give hope to our priests and people in Dominica!

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

In September 2017 Hurricane Maria destroyed many of our churches, our rectory, and our retreat center on the island of Dominica. In May of this year I was there and walked the sacred ground where our buildings once gave our people a place to worship God, baptize their babies, receive the sacraments, and find comfort after the loss of a loved one. Today these buildings are still unsafe and unusable.

Our brothers and sisters in Dominica have lost everything: their homes, their jobs, and their hope. Now it’s time for us to start the process of rebuilding and restoring that hope!

Many homes on the island still have blue tarps replacing roofs that have not been repaired. Those who depend on agricultural jobs and the export of their harvest struggle to regain their footing and feed their families. Many trees and fields that were once rich and green are lost, while others are only slowly recovering. The cruise ships that used to send daily excursions to “Nature Island” are now infrequent visitors, and passengers are immediately confronted with the severe damage wrought by Hurricane Maria.

Our missionary priests are working faithfully with limited financial resources to rebuild the church properties–but more important, to rebuild hope for the people!

To assist in the economic recovery, our priests hire island workers. They pay local residents so they can use their hard-won earnings to provide the basic needs of food and clothing for their children. Our priests purchase building supplies from local merchants in order to bring greater economic stability. But goods and materials are expensive and hard to find.

For the past two years Sunday worship in the village of Warner has been limited to one old army tent furnished with items salvaged after the hurricane. People walk for miles to come to Mass and pray because their churches have been destroyed. The cost of repairing the structural damage to our churches alone is nearly $250,000.

The people cry, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”

Let your response be, “Here I am Lord!”

I humbly ask you to help our four missionaries, and I assure you that your intentions will be remembered in prayer by the priests in Dominica and by me.

Your donation will bring hope to the people of Dominica!

 

How you can make a difference

You can make a gift securely online by visiting redemptorists.net/dominica.

To give by check or to make a gift of securities, please click this link for all the details.

If you would like more information on other ways to give, I have appointed Theresa Montminy to assist you as you consider what you can do to provide help and create hope. You can reach her by email here.

I impart my blessing upon you and thank you for your sacrificial contribution.

Very Rev. Paul Borowski, Provincial Superior

The Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province